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Medieval Ashkenazic History by Shlomo Eidelberg
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A collection of essays rather than a cohesive narrative, but the ones on trial by ordeal and Austrian Jewry in the 15th C were of much use.
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In and Out of the Ghetto by R. Po-chia Hsia
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A wonderful collection of essays, though some are a bit too academic and dry for the lay reader. That said, this *should* be on the radar of anyone interested in studying German-Jewish history of the early modern era.
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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi
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Excellent. Like a Rutherford or Michener novel, but much less preachy about the history, and intensely personal.

This is a book they'll be reading in high school and college courses, and that is a great thing.
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We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen
We, the Drowned
by Carsten Jensen
read in January, 2017
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Fiction just the way I like it - sprawling and epic, with a real sense of time and place.
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Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
Do Not Say We Have Nothing
by Madeleine Thien
read in January, 2017
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This will take some time to digest, but probably the first book I've read that really brings 1960s and 1980s China to life - with just a hint of almost, not-quite-there magical realism...

I do wish the coda had been more conclusive. On the other hand,
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The Jew in the Medieval World by Jacob Rader Marcus
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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
read in January, 2017
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Absolutely heartbreaking.

In almost any other context I would be lambasting the author as a complete overachiever, but no one deserves to go through what he went through.

F*** cancer.
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The Jews and the Crusaders by Shlomo Eidelberg
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The chronicles here were interesting for a couple of reasons:

1) Bar Simpson's account describing how many Jews actually fought back instead of going like sheeps to slaughter, and

2) my ancestors seemed to consider ritual suicide on the same level as,
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Social and Religious History of the Jews by Salo Wittmayer Baron
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I learned a lot about not just the history of Polish Jews, but the history of Poland as well. Only major criticism, which is no fault of the author's, is that it was published in 1976, and there is probably a lot more recent scholarship available.
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Jewish Life in the Middle Ages by Israel Abrahams
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No stone unturned, but suffers from the biases of the time it was written - for example, an extremely paternalistic attitude towards women.

Still, given the number of works that cite this one, I couldn't not read it...
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